'Exaggerated' diagnoses land expert witness in trouble

The psychiatrist has been referred to the Health Care Complaints Commission

A judge has savaged a psychiatrist for “exaggerated and unrealistic” expert evidence after he diagnosed a child with PTSD, separation anxiety disorder and a clinical phobia of traffic following a car crash.

Law Courts

Dr Nicolaas Akkerman gave expert evidence in a court case in 2015 but last month his diagnoses were thrown out by a NSW District Court judge.

“It is clear to me from the medical evidence provided that the report of Dr Akkerman is out of all proportion to what few symptoms, if any, the [child] suffered as a result of the motor vehicle accident”, said Judge Judith Gibson